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intersec 2019

Record turnout for

Intersec

The 21st edition of Intersec, held from 20-22 January at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre, attracted 34,854 visitors from 126 countries, a 20 per cent increase over the previous year.

“Smarter and safer cities were important themes”

Business discussions at the show.

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rganised by Messe Frankfurt Middle East, the leading trade fair for security, safety and fire protection featured 1,212 exhibitors from 54 countries, six show sections, 15 country pavilions, live outdoor demonstrations, a drone zone, and the new Future Security Summit. Andreas Rex, Intersec’s show director, said,“We put in a lot of effort into making this edition of Intersec the most comprehensive yet in terms of increasing the diversity of our exhibitor range and offering a more engaging conference format, while at the same time returning with improved popular highlights such as the outdoor live demonstration area. “A lot of exhibitors used Intersec 2019 to not only announce important strategic business partnerships, but to launch their latest products for the global marketplace.” Dubai Police unveiled a hydrogen-powered drone which will be used to survey mountainous and marine areas, while Dubai-based Bristol unveiled the latest innovative firefighting technologies, including a UAE-built fire truck, fire suppression systems and powerful water pump solutions.

Nearly two-thirds of the world’s top 50 security manufacturers were on board, including Hikvision, Dahua, ASSA ABLOY, Bosch Security Systems, Axis Communications, FLIR Systems, Hanwha Techwin, Avigilon, VIVOTEK, CP Plus, Nedap, Milestone Systems and KEDACOM. Meanwhile, smarter and safer cities were important themes, underlined by a Memorandum of Understanding signed at the show between Smartworld, a UAE systems integrator, and Honeywell Building Solutions to implement digitally transformed, sustainable, safe and efficient buildings across the UAE. Attracting a lot of attention on

the show floor were AI-based security and surveillance systems with applications across safe city and smart home security systems. High-definition IP-Network cameras and analytics software used across various industries ranging from banking and retail to hospitality and oil & gas were also among those drawing greatest interest. According to analysts 6Wresearch, the regional market for physical and perimeter security, commercial and information security, fire protection, and drones, is currently estimated to be worth US$14.5bn, and is estimated to grow to US$31bn in 2024. ❖

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